Former Bay Area reporter, cancer survivor creates website to help others

"They said, I'm sorry. You have cancer."

ByJobina Fortson and Justin Mendoza KGO logo
Friday, February 25, 2022
Former reporter, cancer survivor creates website to help others
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Cancer survivor and former Bay Area TV news reporter Stephanie Chuang discusses the launch of "The Patient Story," a website to help patients and survivors.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- At age 31, Stephanie Chuang was working as a morning television news reporter in the Bay Area, engaged to be married in two months. But her life soon changed.

"I just started feeling symptoms," she said. "Went to the doctors, and literally 24 hours later, was told to get some scans done."

She got the call from her doctor that forever changed her life.

"They said, I'm sorry. You have cancer."

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"I just remember feeling numb. But sitting on the couch there with my then-fiancé and my sister on the other side, and just started bawling."

Chuang launched a new website called "The Patient Story." Its slogan? "Human answers to your cancer questions."

She said she wants to help others who are "overwhelmed and anxious" as she knows firsthand what it's like to receive that cancer diagnosis.

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Stephanie Chuang spoke to ABC7 news anchor Jobina Fortson on our digital-streaming weekday newscast, "ABC7@7" to share her personal journey surviving cancer.

Chuang also addressed mental health and receiving a special shoutout from a Golden State Warrior.

You can watch the full interview in our media player above

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